Paddle issues AGAIN.

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Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:41 am

Hey everyone.
Firstly a big THANKS to all those who comment on this forum. Being a first timer its great to read everyone success and issues.
I was setting out on an epic fishing trip, weather great , shit hot bait, yak all setup on trailer, 530 am , got day off ( with a sick message with boss with a coff and sputter) and im gone.
Sea was a little rough on entry, all good, and then, somehow paddle got thrown out and I must have stood on it and SNAP. Broke two thirds of paddle face off. Now what. Stuff it im still heading out.
Tough paddling, going in circles but still fishing, couple of snapper and many kahawai.
Still a great day.

Now Question, do paddle faces have to be straight or offset? Obviously need a new one, one piece or two, your thoughts.

Finally got snapped by boss washing kayak and gear at workshop later in day, cost me a couple of fish to silence him.
Cheers, Andrew :beer:

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Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:32 pm

Bugger about the paddle mate... offset is the way... :y:

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Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:47 pm

Here is one of the best explanations as to why we use offset (feathering) paddles...
Feathering is most advantageous when paddling into high winds. The higher the angle of your blade, the less resistance you will encounter. Alternatively, an un-feathered paddle can be advantageous when the wind is at your back, working as a small sail each time the blade is raised into the air.

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Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:17 pm

And with a strong wind on the beam a feathered paddle can be dangerous, tending to tip you over.

How much of your paddling is into a strong wind, dead ahead?

How much of your paddling is done with the wind more than 10 degrees either side of dead ahead? Feather won't help.

How much of your paddling is racing where the last little thing might help?

Is paddling with a non-feathered paddle easier and feel more efficient?

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Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:01 pm

If it was me I would buy a two piece with the variable feather angles. Then you are covered for different situation
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Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:40 pm

Have a look at this for zero feather angle instruction (admittedly the sound is terrible) -

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